The durum market, agriculture policies, land values and numerous crop production issues will be the topics of the 55th annual National Hard Spring Wheat Show scheduled for Feb. 4-6 at the Airport International Inn in Williston, ND.
This year's featured speaker will be Barry Flinchbaugh of Kansas State University. He will discuss the impact a new farm program will have on wheat producers, the role of agriculture in U.S. energy policy, fuel versus food controversies and ethanol as a national security issue.
Flinchbaugh has served as a top adviser to several secretaries of agriculture, many government agencies and political leaders of both parties. Although retired from his leadership position in KSU's Agricultural Economics Department, he remains on staff to teach agricultural policy and share his knowledge and experience with farm groups and political leaders.
Ten speakers will address durum quality and market issues at the wheat show. They represent pasta processors, local and world procurement operations, promoters, breeders, researchers and market analysts.
Other topics included in this year's program include changing land values, rents and flexible rental provisions, nitrogen, crop profitability comparisons, crop variety performance, crop pest management, weed control and winter wheat production.
Topics for the two breakfasts on Feb. 5 and 6 are the weather outlook and global warming and the farm bill's impact on northwestern North Dakota. Ashley Andrews, Miss Rodeo America 2007, will be the speaker for the Feb. 6 noon recognition luncheon.
Other activities at this year's wheat show will be the traditional bread fair for area fifth-grade students, a crop seed show open to 4-H/FFA members and adults, a photo contest and commercial exhibits. The public is invited to display hand tools used during the 1900s for crop and livestock production.
A detailed agenda is available online at www.ext.nodak.edu/county/williams. For program brochures, call the Williams County Extension office at (701) 577-4595.
Source: NDSU Extension Communications